17 days in Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

17 days in Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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17 days in Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  6​h
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Copenhagen

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
We've included these beaches for you: St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and Sandridge Beach. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Melbourne holiday builder app .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Melbourne is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 9 hours. Traveling from Copenhagen in January, expect Melbourne to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 7th (Mon), explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip planner .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Melbourne to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get a bit warmer in Fraser Island: highs are around 36°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Fraser Island to Whitsunday Island by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach route maker site .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas will get you outdoors. Spend the 13th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

Plan trip to Cairns with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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